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Book Review: Christmas Inspirations Coloring Book – Dash Right Out and Get Your Copy

Christmas Inspirations Coloring Book

By: Jessica Mazurkiewicz

Christmas will be here before we can blink an eye. I always like to shop early for stocking stuffers and Christmas Inspirations Coloring Book is perfect for adults and teens alike. Each of the thirty-one pages is just waiting for colored pencils, markers or crayons to make them come alive.

Unlike most adult coloring books, Christmas Inspirations is interesting without being overly intricate. The pages are festive and fun, some have more detail than others, but all will put you in the mood for the holiday season.

Perhaps you would like to dress up your home with the artwork created from this coloring book. If so, you may want to get one of the frames that hold children’s artwork and switch out the different pages depending upon your mood that day. Each page is perforated, so it will be a snap to take each one out of the book either before or after you complete it if you so choose.

From “Feliz Navidad” and “Dashing Through the Snow” to “Keep Calm and Jingle On” each page has an inspirational or humorous quote surrounded by holiday icons such as Santa, gifts and traditional decorations. My favorite page is full of Christmas sweaters – ready for you to make ugly or beautiful depending upon your mood. The quote on that page is “May Your Sweaters be Ugly and Bright”.

Amuse yourself and/or someone you love by picking up Christmas Inspirations Coloring Book before the holiday rush.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy from Dover Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2019 Laura Hartman

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Book Review: Christmas Color by Number – Brings Out the Artist in You

Christmas Color by Number

By: George Toufexis

Say Merry Christmas with this beautiful color by number adult coloring book. Each of the forty-six designs are best done with color pencils of your choosing due to the small spaces that might be difficult to color with markers or crayons. But if you want to use a different media than pencils, each page is blank on the back as well as perforated so no other images will be rendered useless due to bleeding of such things as markers.

Be sure to read the intro page that also included tips and techniques. Of course you know how to color, but the hints on shading, letting colors “bleed” together and directional pencil strokes will come on handy.

Twenty-four colors are used in each of the color by number pages. There are thumbnails of the completed pictures on the inside of the front and back covers. Additionally, there is a list of the colors used and their corresponding numbers. But don’t feel you have to use the numbers. This is your picture and if you want to make a purple dog or an orange Christmas tree – go for it. Personally, I like color by number. My method is coloring all of the small areas first. I also do all one color, then the next color, etc. until the finished picture emerges. Maybe you think I’m crazy and you prefer to do a section at a time. However you enjoy these pages is totally up to you.

My favorite page is the puppy sleeping under the Christmas tree. More than one of our dogs and certainly our cat declared the tree skirt “theirs” for the holiday season. Be sure to pick up Christmas Color By Number before the snow flies so that you can create your holiday masterpiece before Christmas. And pick up a few for friends and relatives – it is an affordable, fun and creative way to welcome in the holiday season.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy from Dover Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2019 Laura Hartman

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Book Review: Entangled Forest and Tranquility Adult Coloring Books

Entangled Forest Coloring Book

By: Angela Porter

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Tranquility Coloring Book

By: Diane Pearl

Entangled Forest brings you thirty-one pages of designs centered in nature and the forest will relax you and help you unwind by coloring the flowers, birds, trees and animals like you have never seen before. By using crayons, colored pencils, paint or markers each page will come to life with your unique spin and style.

Tranquility has been created for the “sophisticated colorist”. Featuring thirty-one perforated designs that are a little less detailed than Entangled Forest, but complex enough to become individual works of art on every page. They allow your creativity to shine, all the while giving you time to relax and recharge.

I looked up adult coloring on the internet and list upon list of links were available. Clicking on several, both news sites such as Huffpost and private sites like Bebrainfit.com are all touting the benefits of stress relief and relaxation. If you have children or grandchildren, you might be coloring with them in kid’s coloring books. It is fun and the perfect way to have some quiet time with them, but I highly recommend adult coloring books due to the complexity of the design for you to try. These two books are perfect examples of books that appeal to adult level creativity.

Both of these books have a place in your life. I suspect your children have several different coloring books and choose the one they feel like coloring any particular day. Adults also have days they want to color smaller designs and days larger, quicker designs are best. I also suggest giving them for gifts to stressed out friends and relatives. But don’t let that limit you – I also gift coloring books for Christmas and birthdays with a colorful collection of pens and pencils just for fun.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy from Dover Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2019 Laura Hartman

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Book Review: Color & Scratch Mindfulness: “Be Inspired. Be Relaxed. Be Creative”

Color and Scratch Mindfulness

By: Dover

Why should kids have all the fun of creating cool pictures with specialized scratch art paper and a stylus? Color & Scratch Mindfulness has pages of Zen pictures to color as well as a packet of scratch art pictures to reveal with the included stylus.

Each picture to color has quotes to help you meditate or just relax while using your favorite colored pencils or paint pens to complete the designs. Such as “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without” – Buddha. There are also quotes from authors and poets.

Color & Scratch Mindfulness gives you 23 coloring pages and 10 scratch art cards. Perhaps you will leave them in the book when finished or maybe frame one or more of them to enjoy. The choice is up to you. All you have to do is eloquently put on the back cover “Be Inspired. Be Relaxed. Be Creative”. I would like to add: Be Joyful.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy from Dover Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2019 Laura Hartman

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Book Review: The Impostor – Find and Color Activity Book – Fun for All Ages

Find & Color – The Impostor Activity Book

By: Diana Zourelias

This fun activity book makes me want to sing one of my kid’s favorite Sesame Street Songs – “One of These Things is Not Like the Other”.  The bonus is, this book is challenging enough to be enjoyed by adults and easy enough to be loved by children. It takes the adult coloring book rage to a new level by adding the challenge of finding the one picture on each page that is a little bit different from the rest. And kids have been doing this with Sesame Street for ages.

The detailed pictures are whimsical and fun. Coloring them will give children and adults many relaxing hours coloring them either all alike or each differently. Finding the one different picture either before or after coloring can change the difficulty of the task.

Each page has three to twelve images that seem identical but one is an impostor. The first half of the book is based on fairy tales such as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and The Princess and the Pea. The second half of the book is titled “Awesome Animals”. Here you can find fun furry friends doing crazy things like a kiwi bird eating kiwi fruit, platypuses dancing and zebras playing checkers. Each unique page is detailed and fun.

Young and old will enjoy coloring the pictures and finding The Impostor. Grab your colored pencils or crayons and spend a little down time from TV and other electronics. This book would make a long car ride seem much shorter and a boring plane ride smooth sailing for kids and adults. I suggest surprising your kids with a new box of crayons and The Impostor Activity Book on your next trip. It will make travel fun and more relaxing for you and your kids.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy from Dover Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Copyright © 2019 Laura Hartman

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Contest Winner! Four More Book Giveaways Coming Soon!!

Congratulations Justice Swan! You have won a copy of Dover’s Creative Haven’s Fanciful Sea Life!

 

Please email me your home address so that I can mail your copy to you. 

Thanks to everyone that entered!

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Book Review and Giveaway: Creative Haven Fanciful Sea Life Coloring Book

Fanciful Sea Life Coloring Book

Dover Publications has graciously sent me a copy to give away to one lucky reader. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment on this post. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link to this blog and you will get additional chances to win. I will randomly pull a name from the entries and post the winner’s name in my blog on April 10, 2018. If you win, I will ask you to email me your address so that I can mail out your book.

I’m sure you have seen/heard of/maybe even purchased an adult coloring book. Some might poo-poo the idea, saying they don’t want to waste time coloring. My thoughts about the whole thing are that being creative is never a waste of time. Yes, coloring is art even if there are lines for you to stay inside (or not depending upon your mood).

Creative Haven has created a collection of designs that are intriguing and intricate. I suggest using colored pencils or marker/paint pens because much of the design is too small for crayons. But if crayons are your thing, that’s okay too but you will have to have a sharpener handy.

Each page is perforated and printed on one side so that you can take it out of the book to color or take it out to hang on the fridge or frame it if you are so inclined. My nine-year-old neighbor loved this book also. The last time she was over, she chose a page, we ripped it out and she worked on it for an hour. Just this week she showed me her progress. It is coming out beautifully which of course shows us that adult coloring books are also for creative children who love a challenge.

Sure, I can play on my phone while waiting in the car to pick up the kids from school. I can also check out social media while watching a television show that doesn’t require my full attention. But I actually had a lot more fun coloring a few pages in this new coloring book rather than doing a half hour of mindless scrolling. Tap your inner artist and give it a try.

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